Black Clover movie release date in 2023 in Japan: When is the Crunchyroll USA premiere? [Trailer]

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The Black Clover movie was officially confirmed to be in production in late March 2021. Pic credit: Studio Pierrot

The Black Clover movie release date in Japan is confirmed to be in 2023.

The film was first officially confirmed to be in production back in early 2021. On March 13, 2022, a Black Clover movie trailer preview celebrated the manga’s 7th anniversary and officially announced that the film was coming out in 2023.

【ブラッククローバー】連載7周年記念スペシャルPV/“Black Clover” Yuki Tabata[OFFICIAL]

The Black Clover movie story summary hasn’t been released yet and the March 2022 trailer didn’t provide many hints. It’s uncertain whether the film will adapt a canon manga story arc or contain an anime original story, although the latter seems more likely since Black Clover Season 5 should pick up the story again in the Spade Kingdom war arc.

The initial announcement of the film was made by a Black Clover movie trailer preview released on March 28, 2021.

“Jump’s magical battle fantasy manga Black Clover, the anime that has been ranked number one in viewership in 87 countries and regions, is finally getting its first movie adaptation!” the Black Clover trailer stated. “To celebrate the film adaptation, a special PV featuring Mr. Hiroki Tabata has been released! Challenge and victory. The boy’s story will continue to expand!”

Based on the history of the series, it’s likely that an actual Black Clover movie trailer showcasing the film’s new story will be featured at Jump Festa 2023, which will take place in December 2022.

Black Clover Movie
A key visual for the Black Clover movie was released within days of the initial announcement. In addition, the announcement in Weekly Shonen Jump was accompanied by art celebrating the 6th anniversary. Unfortunately, the key visual for the Black Clover movie didn’t give any hints about the story. Pic credit: Studio Pierrot

On March 9, 2022, scanned copies of an upcoming manga magazine were leaked. The pages revealed the Black Clover 2023 movie release date.

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The time frame also makes sense based on the confirmed information about the studio’s production schedule.

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This page from the magazine revealed the Black Clover movie’s 2023 release time frame in addition to information about the game. Pic credit: Weekly Shonen Jump

Presumably, the Black Clover movie will be produced by animation Studio Pierrot, which is well known for Naruto, Naruto Shippuden, and then its successor, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Studio Pierrot also animated the Tokyo Ghoul anime series and the 2020 Akudama Drive anime. The Kingdom Season 3 anime returned in 2021 after being delayed by COVID-19.

As for 2022, the Kingdom Season 4 release date and the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War release date are both in 2022. Both anime projects are major commitments since the TV shows will be multiple cours.

Black Clover Yuno
During Jump Festa 2022, a new commemorative visual was released for Yuno in order to pair with the previous Black Clover movie visual for Asta. Jump Festa 2022 took place on December 18 and 19, 2021. Pic credit: Studio Pierrot

The staff for the Black Clover movie is currently unknown. For the anime TV series, as of Episode 153 Director Tatsuya  Yoshihara was replaced by Ayataka Tanemura. Series composition writer Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Is The Order A Rabbit?) was replaced by Kanichi Katou.

Artist Itsuko Takeda is the character designer. Composer Minako Seki is creating the music.

【ブラッククローバー】映画化記念スペシャルPV
Anime-only audiences should be careful watching the Black Clover movie teaser trailer. It shows brief flashes of story events from the most recent manga chapters.
  • Updated March 22, 2022: Black Clover movie trailer released.
  • Updated March 9, 2022: Black Clover 2023 movie release date confirmed.
  • Updated December 19, 2021: Added Black Clover movie Yuno visual.
  • Updated March 30, 2021: Added Black Clover 170 announcement video.
  • Updated March 29, 2021: Added Black Clover movie key visual.

This article provides everything that is known about the Black Clover Movie and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.

Since the anime TV series was quickly catching up to the manga it became necessary to either take a broadcasting break or resort to filler arcs. It’s rare that anime fans enjoy filler, never mind when filler is inserted into the middle of a major story arc.

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One of the poster spreads released in Weekly Shonen Jump. Pic credit: Weekly Shonen Jump

Black Clover 2023 movie release date: Is Spring/Summer 2023 likely?

As of the last update, Weekly Shonen Jump, Shueisha, Studio Pierrot, or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the exact Black Clover movie release date.

The production of a film sequel has been announced, but not the movie project’s title or the exact time frame for the theater premiere in Japan.

The Black Clover movie announcement was made by Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on March 28, 2021. Shueisha has stated that it will reveal more information about the movie project at a later date.

Once the news is officially confirmed this article will be updated with the relevant information.

In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when the Black Clover movie premiere date in Japanese theaters will occur in the future.

The anime production committee is likely hoping to replicate the crazy box office success of the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie. November-December and May-July is typically considered the best timing for a tentpole film to have a chance at being a blockbuster premiere whereas January and February are considered the “dump months” for bad movies.

As a comparison, the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie release date has already been announced for Winter and that film was announced mere days before the Black Clover movie.

Considering that the time frame for the Black Clover movie release date wasn’t initially specified by the March 2022 magazine announcement the film is likely to be scheduled for Spring/Summer 2023.

Crunchyroll’s Black Clover movie USA release date prediction

Funimation’s Black Clover English dub has been a Simuldub. In early March 2022, Sony announced that Funimation content would be merging into the Crunchyroll streaming app. It’s uncertain whether the Funimation brand will be phased out completely or if Funimation Films will still be used for marketing theatrical releases as to prevent confusion with the streaming platform.

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Therefore, it’s likely but not yet confirmed that either Crunchyroll or FUNimation Films will be involved in the Black Clover movie USA release date and the dubbed version of the film.

Typically, FUNimation Films will release dubbed versions of anime movies within a month of the Japanese premiere. Therefore, it’s predicted that the Black Clover movie US release date will be in mid-2023.

Black Clover anime TV show announcement likely in 2023?

In early February 2021, the official website for the anime series announced that the Black Clover Episode 170 release date will mark an ending for the TV show. On March 30, 2021, the final episode made an “important announcement” concerning the future of the anime series, which turned out to be the Black Clover movie.

Black Clover Announcement March 30 Anime
The Black Clover announcement on March 30 at the end of Black Clover Episode 170 was just an animated version of the key visual released for the Black Clover movie.

So far, it’s unknown if the Black Clover Season 5 anime TV series will release at a future date.

Thus far, the Black Clover anime TV series has been releasing new seasons every year without any major breaks. (Unless you count the hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s a special case.)

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The Black Clover movie announcement was made by Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 17, 2021 on March 28, 2021. Pic credit: Weekly Shonen Jump

Black Clover Episode 170: Distant Future ended by adapting manga Chapter 272. Story summary:

“Due to the spell Nacht used, the devil who gave power to Asta until then has now shown up. To master the power of the devil, Asta must make the devil give in after battling and defeating him. Suddenly, Asta does something especially crazy.

“Meanwhile, Yuno, Noelle, and the others are trying to get even more power in order to take their revenge against the Dark Triad. To get back Yami and those who were taken away, to save the world from the threat of the devils, a new story begins now!”

When the Black Clover movie announcement was initially made the manga was only up to Black Clover 287. By March 9, 2022, the manga was up to Black Clover 326.

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Hopefully, an announcement concerning the continuation of the Black Clover TV show will take place in 2023. Stay tuned!

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